13-Star Patriotic Sash by Louis E. Stilz & Bros., Early 20th Century

Presented is an original patriotic sash from the early 20th century, featuring 13-stars against a bright blue field. This sash features applied silver stars on a blue canton, red and white stripes, a round banner button, and marking on interior that reads: "Louis E. Stilz & Brothers, Philadelphia."

Patriotic or baldric sashes were frequently produced in the late 19th through early 20th centuries. These flag sashes were often produced for political candidates to wear during campaigns. Candidates as well as elected officials often sported the hand-made sash in political events or significant celebrations.

While the use of such baldric sashes were common at the turn of the century, the production and application of a baldric dates back to ancient Roman times. The baldric sash was used made to carry weapons, such as swords, and later, bayonets. They have also been used to support the weight of a battle drum or similar instrument. While political candidates of the 20th century did not have a similar need for the baldric sash, they often sported the item in remembrance of its significance. 

CONDITION:

Overall good condition considering age and use. Applied silver stars with blue canton and red and white stripes, brought together at the bottom by a round banner button. Colors are slightly faded, particularly the red, with some light surface wear. No visible tears or rips to fabric. Framed according to conservation standards in a custom black shadowbox frame.




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